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Lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu vs Cavapoo – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu vs Cavapoo" Compare Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu. Which is better: Lhasa Apso or Shih Tzu or Cavapoo?
Name Lhasa Apso Shih Tzu Cavapoo
OriginsTibet China Australia
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank7720555
Reviews0107
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Other Names Lhasa, Lion Dog Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog Cavoodle
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Cross Breed
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 as a Toy breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Hybrid Club Designer Breed Registry Designer Dogs Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. International Designer Canine Registry
Price $500-$700 $800-$1200 $1200-$1800

General Appearance - Lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu vs Cavapoo

Size Small Small Small Medium
Weight 13-15 pounds (5.9-6.8 kg) 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg) 12-24 pounds (5.4-11 kg)
Avg. Weight 14 pounds (5.9-6.8 kg) 9–16 pounds (5.5 kg) 18 pounds (5.7.5 kg)
Height 10-11 inches (25-28 cm) 8-11 inches (20-28 cm) 11-18 inches (28-45 cm)
Avg. Height 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) 9.5 inches (24 cm) 14.5 inches (36.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu vs Cavapoo

Coat Dense Dense Curly Wavy Straight
Colors Red Yellow Brown White Black Brindle Liver Silver Blue Gold Red Black Black White Chestnut Tricolor Apricot Cream Sable Red sable Phantom
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Advanced: The Cavapoo requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Lhasa Apsos shed above average.
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.
Cavapoos shed moderately.

Characteristics - Lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu vs Cavapoo

Temperament Alert Devoted Intelligent Obedient Spirited Assertive Friendly Lively Playful Steady Active Friendly Happy Lively Playful Courageous Gentle Intelligent Outgoing Gentle Loving Intelligent
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low: The Shih Tzu if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Cavapoo is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Lhasa Apsos are quite easy to train.
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
Cavapoos are very easy to train.
Playfulness
Lhasa Apsos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog breed.
Cavapoos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Lhasa Apsos don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Shih Tzus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Lhasa Apsos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shih Tzus are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Cavapoos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Lhasa Apsos need for social interaction is average.
Shih Tzus need a lot of social interaction.
Cavapoos need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Lhasa Apso is a very vocal breed.
High: The Shih Tzu is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Cavapoo barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Lhasa Apsos are average watchdogs.
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
Cavapoos are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Lhasa Apsos are average defenders.
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
Cavapoos are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Lhasa Apso has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cavapoo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Lhasa Apsos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shih Tzus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Cavapoos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Lhasa Apsos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Shih Tzus tend to escape less than other breeds.
Cavapoos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Lhasa Apsos have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Shih Tzus have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Cavapoos have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Cavapoos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Lhasa Apsos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shih Tzus adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Cavapoos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Shih Tzus tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Cavapoos tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu vs Cavapoo

Stranger Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are average friendly towards strangers.
Shih Tzus are average friendly towards strangers.
Cavapoos are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cavapoos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very cat-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very cat-friendly dogs.
Cavapoos are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are very dog-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very dog-friendly dogs.
Cavapoos are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Lhasa Apso is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shih Tzu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Cavapoo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Shih Tzus are not the best breed for elderly people.
Cavapoos are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Lhasa Apsos are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Shih Tzus are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Cavapoos are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Lhasa Apsos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Shih Tzus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Cavapoos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Lhasa Apso breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shih Tzu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Cavapoo breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu vs Cavapoo

Health Issues
Lhasa Apsos tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Shih Tzu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Allergies Cherry Eye Familial Inherited Renal Dysplasia Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Sebaceous Adenitis Allergies Bladder Stones Distichiasis Dry Eye Ear Infections Ectopic Cilia Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Renal Dysplasia Keratitis Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Proptosis Retained Baby Teeth Reverse Sneezing Snuffles Umbilical Hernias Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-16 years 10-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes Yes
Energy Level
Lhasa Apsos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Shih Tzus have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Cavapoos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Lhasa Apsos exercise need is minimal.
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
Cavapoos have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Lhasa Apsos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Shih Tzus like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Cavapoos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Cavapoo can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Lhasa Apso has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Cavapoo has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Lhasa Apso is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shih Tzu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Cavapoo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Lhasa Apso vs Shih Tzu vs Cavapoo

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 2-5 puppies 2-8 puppies

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